The Best Companies to Work for in Africa and South Africa Revealed

The Top Employers in South Africa and Africa have been named: Out of the 290 organisations across 31 African countries certified by the Top Employers Institute, Vodacom Group has ranked the highest on the continent for its people strategies and practices, followed by Unilever and Mondelez. And, from the 136 certified South African companies, Vodacom South Africa, HCL Technologies and Unilever South Africa take the top three spots in the country.

The top-ranking organisations were recently announced at a certification dinner held in Johannesburg where Adrian Seligman, Member of the Executive Board at the Top Employers Institute, highlighted that, in these tumultuous times, these employers are distinguished by never losing their focus on the continued success and development of the people that work in their organisations. “Their workplaces are transforming, partly because of external factors, but mostly through their deliberate efforts towards a better world of work. These companies are leading the way, navigating the world inside and outside of the workplace, with laser focus on human-centric strategies and a culture of people development.”

While toasting to the businesses that received Top Employers Africa Certification, Monica van der Meeren, Regional Director EMEA at the Top Employers Institute, shared, “These organisations have demonstrated their ability to provide a consistent and best-in-class experience for their employees, regardless of where on the African continent they may be. The recipients now join the esteemed global ‘employer of choice’ community.”

Also announced at the event were South Africa’s industry leaders across various sectors, with organisations that achieved this accolade including:

  • Automotive: Daimler Truck Southern Africa Ltd
  • Banking and Financial Services: Discovery Ltd
  • Energy and Chemicals: BP Southern Africa
  • Construction Services: Hilti South Africa
  • FMCG: Unilever SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Engineering: Howden Africa Holdings
  • Healthcare: Stryker SA
  • IT: HCL Tech South Africa
  • Insurance: Santam
  • Mining: Thungela Resources
  • Pharmaceuticals: Novartis SA
  • Professional Services: Accenture South Africa
  • Public Sector: Eskom Pension & Provident Fund
  • Retail: Smollan SA
  • Telecommunications: Vodacom Group Ltd
  • Transport & Logistics: DHL Supply Chain South Africa.

Top Employers Institute Regional Manager for Africa, Nathier Jappie concluded the festivities by saying, “The Top Employers in South Africa and Africa set the benchmark for HR best practices in the country and on the continent, while positively impacting employees. Their success is evidence that when excellent people practices empower employees, they thrive[R1]  [Mo2]  , with positive knock-on effects for their employer. In highlighting these top-ranking organisations, we hope to encourage more companies to raise the bar on their people strategies, thereby increasing the productivity and competitiveness of their businesses while also contributing to job creation and economic growth.”

For the full lists of the top 20 employers across Africa and South Africa, or for more information, go to

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